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Nick Tancredi '11, who graduated in May, was named the Outstanding Co-Op/InternshipStudent of the Year for a two-year school. The award was presented at the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internships Association awards program in June at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark."Nick takes his job so seriously and has an incredible work ethic that it makes him an amazing employee," said Barbara Raido, the cooperative education coordinator at Middlesex County College. "He's always trying to learn something new."Mr. Tancredi interned at Home Essentials & Beyond doing product photography, which is where he has been working since June of 2010; his co-op was from January to May of 2011.Middlesex Wrestlers Finish 17th in NationThe College wrestling squad finished 17th out of 34 squads at the National Tournament in Spokane, WA at the end of February. Eight MCC wrestlers qualified for nationals. Above, Gabriel Roman defeats his opponent at the tournament.Two plays written by Professor Ben Marshall were performed. "Corn Bread With Raisins and Almonds" was selected for the Top 20 in Melbourne's Short + Sweet Theatre Festival from more than 700 entries. His play, "Purchasing Power" was selected for WBEZ's Off-Air Event Series in Chicago. The series drew 49 submissions of which three were selected.College President Joann La Perla-Morales received a Contribution to the Community Award at the First Central Jersey Women in Business Dinner in November. The program, sponsored byWCTC 1450/Magic 98.3/Greater Media, honored 11 successful central New Jersey women. Dr. La Perla-Morales is presented the award by Tony Odachowski of Greater Media. Dr. La Perla-Morales has initiated new academic programs, restructured and increased student services, and developed an honors program for high achieving students. In concert with Raritan Bay Medical Center, Dr. La Perla-Morales developed a new Associate in Science degree in Nursing. During her tenure, enrollment has increased and the campus had added Photo by John Tancredinew buildings and facilities.MCC Grad Named Senior of the Year at Engineering CollegeWalter Vittitoe '09 was named Senior of the Year by the Newark College of Engineering, which is a division of NJIT. He was also named Outstanding Senior in his major, Mechanical Engineering Technology.Mr. Vittitoe, 28, worked as a machinist before starting NJIT."Walter was a hard working student, committed to completing all his assignments in an exceptional manner," said Middlesex Professor Craig Stickler. "He had been out in the work world for several years and decided that he wanted to go further than his high school diploma was going to take him. He believes strongly in the traditional values of honesty and hard work."After graduation, Mr. Vittitoe hopes to work in the field of robotics.He is the second Middlesex graduate in three years to earn Senior of the Year honors from NJIT. Owen Fitzgerald '06 won this award in 2008.

118818Middlesex by the Numbers$368,625in Scholarships awarded to203 studentsBesides offering a wonderful time, proceeds from this fundraising event helped the Foundation continue its mission to support deserving students through greatly needed scholarships.DevelopmentFoundation Hosts First Casino Night FundraiserThe College Foundation held its first Casino Night - an enjoyable evening of make-believe gambling - as more than 100 friends of the College were able to experience fun in the risk-free casino atmosphere that included fake chips used to "gamble" to win tickets for terrific prizes and prize packages.Prizes ranged from a big screen television, a free casino night for 30 hosted in the winner's home by the casino company, a Kindle reader, and much more. Those vying for tickets to win prizes tried their luck at Black Jack tables, a roulette table, craps, and more.